Tip of the Week: Try a Quaver QDo!

by Abby @ Quaver on May 12, 2014

in In the Quaver Classroom!,QuaverMusic.com

On Mondays, we bring you a Tip of the Week here on the blog to make using your Quaver resources easier than ever.

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Today’s Tip of the Week is for all users of QuaverMusic.com! 

Did you know a Quaver QDo makes a great first assignment at QuaverMusic.com?

A QDo is 4 to 8 measure challenge in each of our Quaver creatives – QBackbeat, QComposer, QStrum, and QGrooves – that students can complete in 15-30 minutes in class, in the computer lab, or at home. 

Each QDo comes with audio and typed instructions and has 3 steps: Listen, Copy and Create and is intended to help teach students to compose music within simple parameters – hopefully ensuring more success than just letting them go free form!

  • Step 1 – Listen: Prompts the student to listen to the QDo backing track
  • Step 2 – Copy: Instructs the student to copy our suggested notes, loops, or strums into the creative to fit with the backing.
  • Step 3 – Create: Now it’s the student’s chance to replace loops or notes with their own choices and start composing – Which is the whole purpose of the QDo!

Try this QDo as an assignment with your students:

  • Go to QuaverMusic.com, click on Quaver’s Studio, and open QGrooves
  • Click on the FILE icon and click OPEN
  • Click on the QDo Tab
  • Select QDo No 1 One Track – Keyboard C Loops and complete it
  • Play around not only with adding one track, but add some more tracks to complete the piece. In playing around with it you will realize all of the extended possibilities there are for the various levels of students in your classes.

You can try this assignment together as a class OR go to Teacher Administration on your Teacher Dashboard and Create an Assignment for students to try it themselves! 

Quaver Teacher Joan Reynolds of Kettering, Ohio tells us about her success using a QDo as an assignment:

A QDo makes a super first assignment at QuaverMusic.com! I have been teaching my students how to name, save, and submit each QDo on the classroom whiteboard, before we go to the computer lab.  This way they are calmer and get the specifics. Then I go through it again in the lab on the whiteboard for those who need a refresher.

Grading them is a snap! Once you click on the first green (submitted) one in your gradebook, you can grade all of them in succession with the click of the mouse! You can even preview their work.  Boom-Chicka-Boom!

Try this QDo and let us know what you think!

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